...and the top buys to ease workload
1. Gardena Combisystem Gutter Cleaner, £19.99, Homebase
Fed up with climbing ladders to get to the leaves and debris that have clogged up your gutters? Gardena’s come up with a new gutter cleaner attachment for its telescopic combisystem. It has sturdy bristles on one side and a powerful plastic scraper on the other to help get rid of all the rubbish. It’s also fitted with a Gardena connection, so you can connect it to the garden hose to achieve better results with water. You need to buy the combisystem telescopic rod for the gutter cleaner separately (it comes in two lengths, from £35.95). The rod can also be used with other attachments, including rakes, a fruit picker, broom and saw.
2. Wilkinson Sword Ultralight Bypass Loppers, £29.99, wilkinsonsword-tools.co.uk
Bypass loppers are perfect for green wood because they give precise, clean cuts and avoid damaging the branch, with blades that are designed to pass each other smoothly as they cut. If you’re looking for a tool that’s especially lightweight, without sacrificing any cutting power, these Ultralight Bypass Loppers are the ideal option. Made from strong yet light materials, this lopper can provide the power you need while weighing in at just 450g — half the weight of its traditional counterpart. They minimise physical effort and increase the efficiency of each cut, and the bypass non-stick coated blade is perfect for young, green wood with the 25mm cutting capacity providing a precise, defined cut while the sap groove directs sap away from the cutting blade.
3. Bosch Cordless Secateur EasyPrune, £85, shop. bosch-do-it.com
Take the strain out of pruning with these power-assisted secateurs. They cut through branches with a diameter of up to 25mm effortlessly. A finalist in this year’s RHS Garden Product of the Year award at the Chelsea Flower Show, the secateurs make light work of branches and don’t jam if they’re a little too thick. The power only kicks in when the handles are actively squeezed together, as they would be with conventional secateurs, and when the tool senses resistance. A choice of three different settings also lets you adjust the power assistance to your specific needs.
4. Burgon & Ball Wonder Weed Puller, £19.99, burgonandball.com
Another finalist for the Chelsea Product of the Year, this weed puller avoids any of the back-breaking work involved with weeding lawns as it’s designed to be used standing up, without bending or stooping. To remove a weed in the lawn, insert the three rust-resistant stainless steel prongs into the ground to surround the weed crown, rotate the puller through 360-degrees and pull to remove the weed with its root intact. Press a button on the handle to jettison the weed into a barrow for removal — you don’t even have to get your hands dirty.
5. Spear & Jackson Neverbend Stainless Steel Weed Fork, Hand Trowel and Transplanting Trowel, £13.49 each, Amazon.co.uk
Treat yourself to a fork and trowel set for the new season to help you weed and plant with ease. This Neverbend range offers value for money, with sturdy blades made from mirror-polished stainless steel offering protection against rust and minimal soil adhesion, which makes for easier cleaning. They are finished with durable weatherproofed hardwood handles to extend their lives. I can’t personally vouch they will never bend — after all, every tool has its breaking point — but they are certainly better than average for the price.